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Asus Eee 1004DN   (Source: Asus)
1004DN is the first Eee to offer an integrated CD/DVD burner

The computer industry is hurting for sure, but one of the few bright spots in the poor economy has been and continues to be netbooks. The netbook category continues to grow as consumers look to the low cost machines for portability and the price.

One of the biggest problems for many that use a netbook is that they lack an optical drive. This is a problem for those who want to use a netbook as their primary computer. ASUS has a plethora of Eee models that cover a wide range of offerings, colors, and uses.

ASUS says that its new 1004DN is the first netbook in the Eee range to offer an integrated Super-Multi optical drive allowing users to read and write to CDs and DVDs on the go. The machine also features an Express Card slot for expansion. The new Chicklet-style ASUS keyboard is used on the machine that puts the right shift key in the correct position and the machine uses the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) to extend battery life.

The keyboard is 92% of full size compared to a desktop and has a larger shift key. The track pad uses multi-touch technology and the machine has a 1.3-megapixel webcam with digital array microphone. The 1004DN also has an integrated fingerprint reader for security and has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The machine has a 10-inch LED-backlit TFT WSVGA screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution. Overall dimensions for the machine are 277mm x 194mm x 27.4-34mm and the weight with the 6-cell battery is 1.45kg. ASUS uses the Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU in the machine with the Intel GN40 chipset and 1GB of RAM. RAM can be expanded to 2GB and storage is to a 1.8-inch PATA 120GB 4,200 RPM hard drive.

ASUS is mum on pricing and availability at this time.

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A bit o' comparision would be nice
By Suntan on 3/30/2009 12:42:10 PM , Rating: 3
Would be nice to have the dimensions and weight of the non-disc based 10" EEEs available today in the article for comparision.

I would not say that I would have any desire to have an optical disc drive on an EEE if it meant larger/heavier. Chances are these netbooks are going to be on a LAN that has a disc drive available for most needs, even if it isn't always going to be available when out and about.


RE: A bit o' comparision would be nice
By Suntan on 3/30/2009 12:44:34 PM , Rating: 3
uhh.. just noticed that it suffers a 1.8" 4200 rpm HDD to make space for the disc drive.

Deffinately would not be interested in it then.


RE: A bit o' comparision would be nice
By The0ne on 3/30/2009 12:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, the 4200RPM is a killer for me :/

By dubldwn on 3/30/2009 12:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
I think the epc1000 had 160GB, too. Maybe since the capacity is lower, they can keep the price the same.

RE: A bit o' comparision would be nice
By afkrotch on 3/30/2009 1:03:18 PM , Rating: 3
Yep. Rather get an external USB optical drive and duct tape it to the other side of the screen.

By dubldwn on 3/30/2009 1:05:02 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, then it would match my glasses.

RE: A bit o' comparision would be nice
By therealnickdanger on 3/30/2009 1:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
It's still better than the 16GB flash card they try to peddle as an "SSD".

That brings me to something somewhat unrelated. I'm completely in love with my current SSD boot drive (2.5" G.Skill 64GB) but I'm curious when the 1.8" drives will become mainstream. We all love smaller and smaller tech and SSDs make it easier to get mass storage in tiny places.

By The0ne on 3/30/2009 3:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
SSD techs are still developing and quickly. This is because flash technology itself is outpacing them fairly quickly. If SSD doesn't stay further ahead there would be little point in owning one instead of going for a 2TB SD card :) For storage anyways. So now that flash has the technology to increase capacity it's only a matter of manufacturing cost and market to bring them about. SSD competition is going well growth has been slow. I think this is still due to lack of marketing and then slow adoption by users and enthusiast like me.

I'm more hype on the flash technology than SSD, for now.

By Bateluer on 3/30/2009 4:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
Could you not install an SSD drive in the same space?

By quiksilvr on 3/30/2009 3:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why they are using 4200 rpm. There ARE 5400 rpm HDDs in the 1.8" flavor. And I doubt the power difference would be much of an issue.

It also would be nice if the DVD drive can be swapped for a 3 cell battery. Its not like people use their DVD drives all the time.

By porkpie on 3/31/2009 7:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
uhh.. just noticed that it suffers a 1.8" 4200 rpm HDD to make space for the disc drive
What the hell do you need a fast drive on a Netbook for? Be freakin realistic. It's a web surfing/email/note taking/document reading machine. None of which stress the hard drive.

The only thing I don't like about the machine is the massive bezel around the screen. They could easily give you an extra inch of screen space if they cut that down.

But can it make bread?
By jiteo on 3/30/2009 12:53:55 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently it can, because it has a "6-cell batter" ;)

RE: But can it make bread?
By wordsworm on 3/30/2009 1:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think the loaves would be very big. 1.45kg of batter for 6 cells of pans would make mini-loaves. Don't you loave typos?

By strikeback03 on 3/31/2009 8:28:35 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone know a disc that has a purple top? Or is that a DVDR inserted upside down in the image?

RE: Purple?
By Zensen on 3/31/2009 10:05:17 AM , Rating: 2
I assumed you've never seen a disc without the top coating.

The eee's are getting convoluted...
By daar on 3/30/2009 7:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
No complaints about lighter laptops, but I think they should've used a different name. Just because it's selling well, they don't need to over milk it. I think that's the problem with Taiwanese marketing and why their brands haven't really gained much consumer prestige.

It's like Toyota badging all their hybrid cars with 'Prius', it'd just seem tacky

If we're making wish lists...
By MonkeyPaw on 3/30/2009 11:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
I guess an internal optical drive is nice for movies and such, but I think the next thing the Eee needs is a bump in the resolution of the 10" models--Perhaps 1280x900 or so. Oh, and make it an Ion platform so we can game on the go, on the cheap. ;)

Also, I wouldn't mind seeing a tablet Eee.

Not the first
By Etern205 on 3/30/2009 11:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
They are the first netbook in the "Eee" PC range to have a integrated optical drive. Very good for trying to sound like Asus is like the very first to have this "exclusive" drive.

You guys ever heard of the Kohjinsha SX3?
Probably not since all the good stuff are always kept within itself.

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